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This is about Ozzy's wife, Sharon. They met when her father, Don Arden, was managing Black Sabbath. After they married, Sharon bought out Ozzy's contract and became his manager. She runs the Ozzfest.
In the liner notes for The Ozzman Cometh, Ozzy wrote, "I had been walking around with the melody in my head for a couple of years but never got a chance to finish it until I was working with Zakk on the No More Tears album. At that time Zakk and I were doing a lot of writing on the piano. 'Mama, I'm Coming Home' was always something I'd say on the phone to my wife near the end of a tour." (thanks, Matthew Daubert - Mequon, WI)
Ozzy gave up drugs and alcohol before recording this. He credits Sharon for the lifestyle change, and admits that he would be dead if did not turn sober.
Lemmy Kilmister from the group Motorhead wrote the lyrics. He helped Ozzy write many of the songs on the album.
This was a change of image for Ozzy. The album is lighter and more reflective than anything he had done before. It was his first album without a sinister title like The Ultimate Sin, Diary Of A Madman, or Talk Of The Devil.
"Mama" is Ozzy's pet name for his wife. He also referred to her as "Mama" in his 1981 song "Flying High Again" and his 2001 song "Running Out of Time." (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
Aside from "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet he did with Lita Ford
in 1989, this is Ozzy's only US Top 40 hit.
Zakk Wylde has said that the guitar solo in this song is so easy, he could play it in his sleep. He means that as a compliment - he told us
that some of his favorite songs (many of which are Rock classics) - are very simple structurally.
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